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Characteristics of Japanese dogs

I would like to delve deeper into the nature of the Japanese dog.

The character of the Japanese dog can be thought of as the same as the national character of our people. Even though the temperament of each individual may vary from person to person, a series of characteristics that flow within each person collectively form the national character of the country, and the climate of that narrow country may have created a special temperament.

Since Japanese dogs have been bred and raised in this climate for a long time, it can be imagined that the temperament of each dog, similar to that of the national character, has been cultivated over a long period of time, even if the character of each dog may vary slightly from that of the former.

There are Japanese who prefer Western dogs, and there are even those who say that if it is not a Japanese dog, it is not a dog. The former say that Japanese dogs are barbaric, outdated, and do not suit Western-style houses, while the latter say that they do not like over-expressive dogs that wag their tails at anyone who looks at them, unless they are dogs that serve only one master for one generation, similar to the old Bushido.

bushido is bad, but rather that the spirit of the ancients, who never again bowed their heads and were most ashamed of being laughed at in front of the public, is a national trait that we want to preserve forever. I would like to say that the temperament of the Japanese dog, which is a perfect match for our thinking and feelings, is the very nature of an excellent Japanese dog.

If I were to write about each of these characteristics one by one in detail, I would probably get caught up in the details and forget the essence.

What is left when you take away the spirit that is part of this character from the Japanese dog? Just the thought of a dog that lowers its tail, moves its ears back and forth, and screams and barks when it sees a dog that is larger than it is makes me sick. And if it is only about beauty in appearance, a pet dog among Western breeds would not be able to keep up with them, and a dog with a uniform coat color would be much better than a Japanese dog with a variety of hair colors. If so, what is the reason why we prefer Japanese dogs? The best part of owning a Japanese dog is the feeling of closeness and love that is inexpressible to anyone who has ever had one. If the enemy runs away, he will not pursue too far, but will immediately return to his original calmness.

“Strong is not the only way to be a samurai.”The same is true of the Japanese dog. A dog that is recklessly eager to fight if it sees a dog, or a dog that is always calm and ready to take on a fight and decide a fight at once. The latter type of dog is the Japanese dog with a truly excellent temperament, and never shows any emotion of joy, anger, sorrow, or pleasure on the surface, and can pass by a dog smaller than itself without a care in the world, no matter how much it barks at it. The dog is a dog that is not afraid of barking at dogs smaller than itself.

It is certain that the character of a Japanese dog can change slightly depending on its environment. The differences in facial expressions, behavior, and alertness between dogs kept in a house in the mountains in the middle of nowhere and dogs accustomed to the noise of the city are remarkable, as if they are all Japanese dogs. Dogs cannot survive unless they become acclimated to their environment and location, but it is important to manage them carefully so that they do not lose their natural characteristics as Japanese dogs. There are some families who are so attached to their dogs that they keep them in the living room and allow them to do whatever they want to do. It is also necessary to inform the general public who do not fully know what kind of dog a Japanese dog is. When asked what kind of dog a Japanese dog is, I would like to produce a dog that can clearly say that this is what makes it different from other dogs. Just as Japanese people's facial expressions are not as expressive as those of foreigners, we want to create a dog whose spirit can be felt in its calm and quiet movements.


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